No More Secrets
When Charlotte Pascoe returns from Holland to work with her father in the family boatyard, she is horrified to discover that he is about to sell the site to Raphael da Silva, a property developer. With no way of pursuing her dream, Charlotte agrees to work for Raphael when he offers her a job in boat design. She knows that she is attracted to him, but cannot bring herself to become close to him because of his role in destroying her home. But Charlotte soon discovers there are secrets in his past life that he refuses to talk about, another side to the man she thought she knew.
Charlotte stared at her father, trying to absorb the shock of his statement. He looked tired, she thought with surprise, there were lines round his eyes that hadn’t been there three years ago, and his face seemed thinner. ‘I don’t understand,’ she said. ‘Why do we have to sell? What’s gone wrong?’
‘I’m sorry, Charlie,’ Matt leant across the kitchen table and covered her hand with his rough brown one, squeezing it tight. ‘I know this isn’t what you wanted to hear on your first day home.’
That had to be the understatement of the year, she thought, aware of a hollow feeling in the pit of her stomach.